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Juanita Wilson

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Filmography
  • Tomato Red
    2017 — Feature Film — 112 mins
  • As If I Am Not There
    2011 — Feature Film — 109 mins
  • The Door
    2010 — Short Film — 17 mins
Awards
  • 2010 — Winner
    Cairo International Film Festival — Silver Pyramid. As If I Am Not There
  • 2011 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Academy Awards — Best Film, Best Director. As If I Am Not There
  • 2011 — Winner
    Variety — Variety Director to Watch Award. As If I Am Not There
  • 2011 — Winner
    Phoenix International Film Festival — World Cinema Best Picture. As If I Am Not There
  • 2011 — Winner
    Istanbul International Film Festival — Film Council of Europe Award. As If I Am Not There
  • 2012 — Irish Entry
    Academy Awards — Best Foreign Language Film. As If I Am Not There
  • 2012 — Long-List Selection
    BAFTA — Best Film Not In The English Language. As If I Am Not There
  • 2008 — Winner
    Bilbao International Festival of Short Films, Spain — Golden Mikeldi. The Door
  • 2008 — Winner
    Cork International Film Festival, Ireland — Best First Short by an Irish Director. The Door
  • 2008 — Festival Prize
    Foyle Film Festival, Ireland — Best Short Film. The Door
  • 2009 — Winner
    Irish Film and Television Academy Awards — Best Short Film. The Door
  • 2009 — Winner
    Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia — Katrin Cartlidge Award. The Door
  • 2009 — Winner
    World OFF Film Awards, Warsaw, Poland — Best Director. The Door
  • 2010 — Nominee
    Academy Awards — Best Live Action Short Film. The Door
  • 2010 — Winner
    Bird’s Eye Festival, London, UK — Best Short Film. The Door
  • 2010 — Winner
    Roma Irish Festa, Italy — Best Short Film. The Door
  • 2011 — Nominee
    Cinema for Peace Awards — Most Valuable Film of the Year. As If I Am Not There
  • 2011 — Nominee
    Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards — Breakthrough Artist - International. As If I Am Not There
  • 2011 — Winner
    Palm Springs International Film Festival — Directors to Watch. As If I Am Not There
  • 2011 — Nominee
    Palm Springs International Film Festival — New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize . As If I Am Not There

Irish director Juanita Wilson’s first film The Door was nominated for an Oscar 2010 and went on to win numerous awards and festivals throughout the world. She followed this with an equally hard hitting true story of the Bosnian War, As If I Am Not There, based on Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic’s book of the same name. The film went on to win many awards including the prestigious Jury Prize Silver Pyramid at the Cairo International Film Festival in December 2010 and the The Human Rights Film Award of The Council of Europe at the Istanbul Film Festival 2011, and Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Film at the 2011 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards in February 2011.

Juanita was named among Variety’s top ten directors to watch for in 2011, the only woman to feature on the list.

She is currently in preproduction with a Daniel Woodrell book she adapted called Tomato Red which will shoot in the U.S. this summer and has adapted another script Right Of the Boom based on the contemporary memoir Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson. Several other adaptations are in development including James Kennedy’s memoir Fat God, Thin God; The Crocodile by the Door by Selina Guinness and Mother Daughter Me by Katie Hafner.

Before directing, Juanita jointly produced the hardhitting hunger strike film H3 and the highly acclaimed Inside I’m Dancing.